Illegal Encroachment To The Wilpattu National Park (Near Pukkulam Village)



The Wilpattu National Park is the oldest and the largest National Park in the country and it comprises of five (05) blocks. It came to the attention of EFL that there is an illegal human settlement inside the boundaries of the Block V of Wilpattu NP. The Department of Wildlife Conservation has wrongfully and unlawfully failed and neglected to carry out its statutory duties inter alia under and in terms of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance, No. 02 of 1937 as amended by failing to take action to maintain and protect the boundaries of Wilpattu NP from being encroached, and not acting in due diligence to conserve and protect the wildlife and ecosystem therein.

Therefore, EFL filed a Writ application against the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Hon. Minister of Wildlife & Forest Resources Conservation and Surveyor General to prevent encroachment to the Wilpattu National Park and to conduct a survey to identify and demarcate the boundaries of Wilpattu NP – B


The application is fixed for Support on the 17th of January 2024.